Jazz players and coaches stayed on the floor during an extended halftime Saturday night as the team retired jersey No. 1 for Frank Layden.
The Jazz president and former coach/general manager received a grandfather clock, a framed No. 1 Jazz jersey and a book of letters from NBA people. A No. 1 banner was raised in the Salt Palace, alongside Pete Maravich's No. 7.A five-minute video presentation, showing Layden's career highlights from Niagara University through 10 years with the Jazz, was shown on the scoreboard.
Jazz general manager David Checketts said the jersey retirement represented "the No. 1 reason why the Jazz have become one of the most respected franchises in the NBA."
Owner Larry Miller also spoke briefly and Layden began a rambling, vintage-Frank acceptance speech by saying, "I don't think in my life, in this sport, that I was ever worthy of what happened tonight."
He also credited the other coaches in Jazz history, but had trouble listing them all.
Layden closed by gesturing dramatically and saying, "Frank Layden is on the flag, but No. 1 is you . . . the greatest fans in the NBA."
He also said, "By the way, we're going to do this every year."
Layden's wife, Barbara, received flowers and a wristwatch.
In other presentations, the Jazz gave Darrell Griffith a silver tray for becoming the all-time team leader in games played and Gov. Norm Bangerter gave Miller a large plaque to commemmorate the Jazz's 51-win season.